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The Village Voice quoted NYATN’s memorandum on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act bill

The Village Voice quoted NYATN’s memorandum on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (WEA) bill in its piece, “New Yorkers Still Want the Women’s Equality Act.  But Will It Hurt Sex Workers?”  The piece posed the following questions:

“But now there’s a new concern from sex workers and their advocates: in trying to prevent human trafficking, would the WEA really just hurt prostitutes? And is the anti-trafficking provision why Assembly Republicans are suddenly so enthusiastic about the bill?”

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NYATN Member’s Piece, “Steps Forward – and Setbacks – for Sex Workers’ Rights”

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s RH Reality Check piece, “Steps Forward – and Setbacks – for Sex Workers’ Rights,” examines New York Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act bill and the Supreme Court ruling on the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to combat HIV and AIDS.  She writes, in part: “As long as we do not examine our sexual attitudes and the policies that stem from a misunderstanding of our rights around sexual behavior and how to protect them, policymakers will continue to confuse sex work with trafficking and implement harmful policies on HIV without consequence for themselves.”  Read more….

NYATN presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

In light of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s formal introduction of the Women’s Equality Act bill (A.8070), the NY Anti-Trafficking Network presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which specifically addresses the anti-trafficking provisions of the bill.  The WEA bill largely adopts portions from Assemblymember Amy Paulin’s Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act bill (A.2240A), which is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza in the Senate (S.2135A).  As the first coalition of legal and social service organizations in New York that provides services to, and advocates for the rights of, trafficking survivors, we hope that our concerns and recommendations will contribute to the dialogue and provide vital information regarding the needs of survivors of human trafficking.  Read more.

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